ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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PUNJAB-Coalition Tensions

fault the UF government on any account. Sitaram Kesri's charges about the government's failure to contain communal forces or jeopardising the country's security do not cut much ice, since there have neither been any communal disturbances of the magnitude of the 1992 riots that took place during the previous Congress regime in the centre nor have there recently been any spurt in border clashes that marked the tenure of the Congress governments in the past. Obviously, therefore, it is either a sense of being 'marginalised' a complaint repeatedly voiced by the Congress MP Priyaranjan Das Munshi during the Lok Sabha debate on Deve Gowda's confidence motion or the sheer greed for power that incited Kesri and his followers to topple the Deve Gowda government, a step that has angered and embarrassed many among his own party. A R Antulay is on record as saying that Congressmen should have been allowed to vote according to their conscience on the motion of confidence in parliament.

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